Over three-quarters won't pay despite revised water charge proposals
Story by Paul Hughes
Over 79 percent of people in Westmeath are still opposed to the introduction of water charges - despite moves by the Government last week to cap charges until 2019.
A WestmeathExaminer.ie poll of some 211 people has shown that 79.1 percent will not pay the water charges, and feel that they pay enough taxes already.
Meanwhile, the sample showed that some 20.9 percent feel that the revised charges are fair, and will pay.
The cap on charges, announced by the Government last week, will see bills from Irish Water of €160 for a one-adult household and €260 for all other households, reduced to €60 and €160 respectively after a €100 payment promised by the Government.
However, protests against the Government have intensified this week ahead of an anticipated monster demonstration outside the Dáil on December 10.
On Monday night, Westmeath County Council became the latest local authority to vote for the abolition of Irish Water.
A motion by Fianna Fáil's Cllr Ken Glynn received cross-party support, although protesters present were alarmed at news that Irish Water has contacted the council seeking information about its tenants.
Fergal Hing from Facebook
It is also about the stench of corruption amongst all county councillers
Dave Lyons from Facebook
Nobody should pay.....
Kat Geraghty from Facebook
It's about cronyism, corruption and traitors.
Linda Dunne from Facebook
And what they are not telling you is ... not everyone is going to qualify for the 100 euro .... but by that time they will have you signed up to Irish Water .... only way to defeat this now is if we all stick together and refuse to pay .... We already pay for our water!!!
Geraldinee Morris from Facebook
If its going to take welfare so long to process the 100 euro what not avoid it by irish water taking it off bill n the welfare processing one payment to irish water
Danny Lyons from
Aw! stop complaining. lol.
Niamh Hogan Dunn from Facebook
all of the above/below...
Eddie Nugent from Facebook
ok, then its a ridiculous question, which annoyed me so much that i did not read the 2nd
Westmeath Examiner from Facebook
It's not a comment Eddie, it's a question, and there are two of them...
Annette Temple from Facebook
It's about this governments ineptitude, lies, fraud, cronyism, lies, deafness, lies and their inability to actually listen to the people they're supposed to represent! Oh and water charges. Dec 10th all roads lead to the dáil!
Anne O Connor from Facebook
Combination of still water ( unconvinced by the supposed protection against privatisation ) and general feeling of betrayal with the government. Not an inch.
Will Tilley from Facebook
It's a combination of both... public revolt against austerity coupled with the pure incompetence on the part of Irish Water for actually running an efficient "company". I wont be paying anyway, that's for sure.